3 Things That Make Me Feel Organized (Even When I’m Not)

I don’t know if it’s the laziness of these hot summer days, or the crazy combination of trying to work, work out, spend time with my husband and baby, attend parties and visit with friends, write my blog, read blogs, and take care of the house, but lately I’ve found myself really feeling like I need to get it together when it comes to keeping things tidy and organized around our home.

Trust me, I am okay with not having a perfectly clean house all the time, and realistically speaking, it’s just not possible all the time.   But even in the midst of the bits of chaos happening around here right now, if I do the following 3 things, I feel more organized and keep my sanity!

Although I’ve gone to bed on many a night with a sink full of dirty dishes, but it’s really not what I prefer to wake up to in the morning.  When I take the time to do the dishes and clean the kitchen sink before bed, the kitchen is a much nicer place to be in the morning and I don’t wake up feeling already behind the 8-ball!

I get a little crazy when my purse becomes like a black hole that I can’t find anything in.  My pet peeve is fishing for a ringing phone or keys that can’t be found at the moment you need them.  It only takes about   10 minutes to dump everything out, throw away the trash, clean out all the receipts from my wallet and organize the cash.  Having a purse with a couple of compartments is nice for keeping things organized too.

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Oh I love to get into a clean car!  I do keep mine pretty clean, generally speaking, but with me and my son occasionally snacking in the car, crumbs tend to accumulate, not to mention the dirt of everyday life.  There’s a friend-owned carwash near our house that I pop into about twice a month to give my car a nice bath- inside and out!  Don’t you just love to get into a clean car?!



  1. August 4, 2011 / 11:53 am

    Amen to the clean car! Mine was a wreck when I finally got around to cleaning it up when we sold it last week…felt nice when I saw how spruced up it was. 🙂

  2. August 4, 2011 / 12:05 pm

    I struggle with the clean sink! I do know I'm never getting a white sink again… stainless hides things much better 😉

  3. August 4, 2011 / 12:09 pm

    Isn't that funny how little things like that
    help so much ~ I am a freak about the kitchen
    sink and making my bed ~ The whole house can
    be a disaster but I HAVE to do those two things ~

  4. August 4, 2011 / 12:19 pm

    Just wait till you have more than 1 child – then see how quickly the car can get dirty – my kids bring several things into the car but they never come out

  5. August 4, 2011 / 12:31 pm

    You read my mind! All three of those things are so ME! I adore your MK bag!

  6. August 4, 2011 / 12:49 pm

    Clean kitchen sink at the end of the day is key for me. It makes the whole kitchen look clean in my eyes!

    I'm particular about our car too. With two kiddos it can be hard to keep up with. But I always carry everything in the house at the end of a trip, and the biggest thing that helps is that I bought a car garbage bag that attaches to the console… lifesaver! And I can dump it in the trash at the gas station while I'm filling up.

  7. August 4, 2011 / 1:26 pm

    I totally agree with you on all of these!! Speaking of wish… my car could use a good bath about now! 🙂

  8. August 4, 2011 / 1:36 pm

    I totally agree with you Megan, these 3 things being under control do make me feel better. And yes, summer is a crazy time, so keeping up does seem to be challenging. Happy Thursday!

  9. August 4, 2011 / 1:57 pm

    Oh how funny– I cleaned out my purse while I was having my car washed this morning. And my kitchen sink is actually clean today! It's gonna be a GREAT day! 🙂

  10. August 4, 2011 / 2:19 pm

    I totally agree about the all of those! I will never forget the time I had my purse searched at the airport and the lady searching it told me it was the cleanest purse she had seen. Best complement EVER.

  11. August 4, 2011 / 2:25 pm

    love your blog SO much! I have read every post and check it every morning… You're great!

    …and a clean sink makes me feel at peace as well! Have a great day!

  12. August 4, 2011 / 2:26 pm

    These tips are great, but honestly, I just can't stop looking at your purse…it's gorgeous! I'm a bit of a bag freak; I just can't have enough! Yours is so, so pretty. A purse like that is a joy to keep organized! 🙂

  13. August 4, 2011 / 3:13 pm

    I agree on all three fronts! Makes such a difference.

  14. August 4, 2011 / 3:16 pm

    For me it is definitely a clean bathroom, made bed & organized closet!! If I can't find makeup/clothes easily when I am getting ready it stresses me out so much!!

  15. Anonymous
    August 4, 2011 / 4:14 pm

    So funny… I feel the exact same way about those three things, in addition to the pantry and the fridge.

  16. leanne
    August 4, 2011 / 12:00 pm

    Completely agree about a clean sink! I really don't like waking up to dirty dishes and sink for the very reasons you said!

  17. Elsa
    August 4, 2011 / 12:07 pm

    I'm with you and the kitchen sink! I feel a lot better waking up in the morning to an organized looking kitchen. I also usually keep my car spotless, but in this heat I just can't seem to keep it clean…I should probably take it in somewhere. I am HORRIBLE about my purse, no matter what I do to try to keep things together, it just doesn't happen!

  18. Colleen
    August 4, 2011 / 12:18 pm

    I agree with all 3 of these!! With a hectic lifestyle it's the small things that bring me peace!

  19. Traci
    August 4, 2011 / 1:35 pm

    I know just what you're talking about. I try to always get the dishes done so I don't wake up to that mess. I ran through the car wash yesterday. I got a new car 2 weeks ago & it's black. I'm trying to keep it clean! My purse is my downfall. Ugh! Such a mess!!

  20. August 4, 2011 / 7:15 pm

    Mine is a made bed… if I climb into made bed at night I can trick myself into thinking the rest of the house is perfectly clean too 🙂

  21. Amanda
    August 4, 2011 / 2:26 pm

    ok so the only one I am good at following is the clean sink. My purse and car look like an episode out of hoarders! but I blame the 3 children -LOL I can do that right?

  22. natasha {schue love}
    August 4, 2011 / 3:24 pm

    A clean car is KEY! Mine is so so dirty right now…need to fix that!

  23. Andrea
    August 4, 2011 / 4:56 pm

    I'm with you on all of this! I clean my kitchen before bed always. It's just one small thing that I can do to feel ahead the next day. Saves my sanity!

  24. August 4, 2011 / 10:03 pm

    You're exactly right with this one! I would just add the kitchen table to this, since it's our "don't want to think about it" drop zone. I have to remind my lazy self that leaving stuff on that table is just delaying the inevitable decision. Just make it quick and bam, it's done.

  25. Megan
    August 4, 2011 / 10:09 pm

    I'm definitely with you on ALL of these!! I really need to wash my car right now. It's disgusting because I took my two puppies to the vet. Yikes!

  26. Kerry
    August 4, 2011 / 11:08 pm

    You are one busy lady… and I agree with the clean sink bit! I hate having a sink full of dirty dishes, though sometimes it seems we just can't avoid it.

    May have to get some tips from you on balancing life as time goes on! I'm slowly learning more each day about mommyhood haha

  27. emily
    August 5, 2011 / 4:18 am

    Totally agree with you. I am terrible about keeping the outside of my car clean (and my trunk looks like a disaster)!

  28. August 5, 2011 / 2:52 pm

    I really want to get better at cleaning my car! I don't wash it often but I keep the inside clean- vacuuming, removing trash, etc. I hate a dirty car. I have to agree with you on the kitchen sink too, I hate waking up to a sink with dirty dishes!

  29. Carissa @ the Fabulous Design File
    August 5, 2011 / 3:09 pm

    I'm totally on board with the sink and the purse…. but the clean car… just can't seem to get ahead of that one. It drives Jeff crazy.

  30. August 5, 2011 / 9:45 pm

    I love a clean car too, but I'm not the one who cleans them. That's my hubby's job! I'll clean the sink and my purse of course.

  31. Paula Jo @ Home and Garden Decor
    August 5, 2011 / 6:18 pm

    I'm like you, I don't like to get up and to a messy kitchen. I always make sure the kitchen is clean before I go to bed. The purse, is one thing I hate to clean, since my husband hands me receipts when we go shopping. I guess he thinks I will organize them in my purse. lol Anyway, it doesn't take long, but I clean mine out only once a month. I have to get better at this. And, I love a clean car. This is a must for me. Have a great weekend!

  32. August 6, 2011 / 3:25 pm

    I MUST have a clean purse. It is funny how the little things can mean so much.

  33. Christi Bennett @ pisforparty
    August 6, 2011 / 10:40 pm

    This is TOO funny bc I feel the exact same way!!! If all of those 3 things are tidy + the backdoor counter space, I feel AOK. =)

  34. Chic Coastal Living
    August 7, 2011 / 3:02 am

    Great things to keep me inspired to clean out my handbag! Haha! After a trip, it's always a mess!

  35. August 7, 2011 / 3:52 pm

    I'm bad about the car…want to get better! For me, it would be clean counters in the kitchen/dining, clean sink, and clean (swept)floors!

  36. August 7, 2011 / 4:00 pm

    I agree with all those, especially the purse, that drives me nuts when it is a black hole!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. August 8, 2011 / 1:21 pm

    I'm right there with you. I struggle with the purse organization. But this post made me get more organized. And nothing better than to buy a NEW purse to keep clean! Your MK purse is to die for!

  38. August 8, 2011 / 3:31 pm

    Yes, I agree! A clean car is rare for me but always make me feel organized.

  39. August 12, 2011 / 3:38 am

    I don't have a car,so I don't know, but I totally agree with the first two! Especially the clean sink!

  40. September 10, 2012 / 3:04 pm

    I feel the same way about a clean car. I mean we are in it soooo much! I spent my late afternoon yesterday sprucing mine up. Also, I bought it brand new, back n 2004, and keeping it clean keeps that new car feel to it. I even take the rugs out and shampoo them in the tub a couple times a year. aahhhhh. So nice!


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